Mentoring Excellence

Effective mentoring is a crucial part of the academic experience. Mentors provide support and connect students to academic and campus resources to aid in the students’ success. The Mentoring Excellence Program (MEP) is a 5-week certificate program intended for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars interested in becoming a mentor or seek to enhance their mentoring skills.

The program cultivates a qualified pool of trained mentors to support students in campus-wide initiatives including Competitive EdgeGraduate InterConnectDECADE and the Summer Research Program. Trained mentors obtain a skill set sought after in the career marketplace both inside and outside of academia.

What You’ll Learn

In this series participants will: 

  • Understand strategies and techniques for effective mentoring
  • Gain familiarity with relevant campus resources
  • Develop a personalized mentoring philosophy and mentoring plan
  • Learn about mentoring students from diverse backgrounds 
  • Learn conflict resolution in mentoring 


Who Should Apply

Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars form all disciplines and levels. 

*Due to the high volume of applicants, priority is given to students who are training to be peer mentors for Graduate Division’s mentoring programs. 


Certificate Requirements

The Mentoring Excellence Program is offered on a quarterly basis. Participants must attend all sessions in their entirety and submit a complete Mentoring Guide to receive a Certificate of Completion.

ATTENDANCE: Participants are not allowed to miss no more than 2 sessions. Participants who miss 1-2 sessions will be asked to attend and “make-up” missed sessions in the subsequent quarter, after completing your missed session(s) you will receive your MEP certificate. Missing more than 3 or more sessions will result in having to re-enroll in the series and taking all sessions.


Course Schedule 

  • 2024 Spring Schedule:
    • In-person Sessions:
      • Weekly on Tuesdays from 10AM – 11:30AM
      • April 16, 23, 30 & May 7, 14
        • In-person sessions are held at the GPSRC (3rd floor of Gateway Study Center)
    • Virtual Sessions:
      • Weekly on Wednesdays from 1:30PM – 3PM
      • April 17, 24 & May 1, 8, 15
        • Held via Zoom
  •  Deadline to submit MEP Interest Form for Spring 2024: Tuesday, March 26, 2024 at 11:55PM
    • Acceptances will be sent by Tuesday, April 2nd

How to Apply

Complete and submit the MEP Interest Form via CampusGroups. The Interest Form will be open until the deadline. You will receive an email determining if you were selected for the program or not.

Graduate students: Login to CampusGroups with your UCI credentials. 

Postdoctoral Scholars: If you are new to CampusGroups, please create a “staff” account first.  



The MEP sessions are listed below. This is the typical sequence, however, we may switch the order depending on the facilitator’s availability. If you’re making up past sessions please check in with Rosie Victor ( to verify which session you’re missing.


Questions? Email Rosie Victor, Professional Development and Postdoctoral Analyst, at